The Moose made some moves today announcing that Alexis D’Aoust has been assigned to Manitoba’s ECHL affiliate, the Jacksonville Icemen while Byron Spriggs and James Phelan have been released from their PTOs.
Originally it looked like the Moose were going to be bolstered by five players whom the Jets had assigned on Monday but in the end they gained four (Suess/Luoto – who didn’t need to clear waivers & Lipon/Nogier – who both cleared waivers) although they lost goalie Eric Comrie as he was claimed off waivers by the Coyotes. This means that second year pro Mikhail Berdin will be the number one goalie with the AHL squad. While I think Berdin is ready to handle that responsibility I don’t think it is ideal to have him as the next call up for the NHL team. Which is why I thought it was a good idea to have them both in the fold so Comrie could go up if required. If Comrie gets waived by Arizona perhaps he will be back the way we saw Marko Dano return to the organization after he was claimed last season by Colorado and then re-claimed by Winnipeg when placed on waivers by the Avalanche.
The Moose also got Sami Niku from the Jets although I suspect that is more about conditioning as he was dealing with a groin issue during Jets training camp. Wouldn’t expect this to be for very long.
This leaves 30 players at Moose training camp:
Goalies (2): Mikhail Berdin & Adam Carlson
Defencemen (11): Johnathan Kovacevic, Cameron Schilling, Logan Stanley, Sami Niku, Leon Gawanke, Jimmy Oligny, Jacob Cederholm, Nelson Nogier, Peter Stoykewych, Luke Green and Charles-David Beaudoin.
Forwards (17): Emile Porier*, Kristian Vesalainen, Seth Griffith, Joona Luoto, Kamerin Nault*, Kristian Reichel, Michael Spacek, JC Lipon, CJ Suess, Jansen Harkins, Logan Shaw, Cole Maier, Skyler McKenzie, Andrei Chibisov, Hunter Fejes*, Ryan White* and Derek Hulak*.
*On tryout offers.
The Moose season gets underway on Friday when they take on the Rampage in San Antonio as they kick off the 2019-20 season.
I also appear on the Illegal Curve Hockey Show every Saturday on TSN 1290 Winnipeg starting at 9 am.
And I occasionally jump in the play-by-play booth at Bell MTS Place to provide colour analysis during Manitoba Moose games.
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